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True Story: My Gynecologist Found A Used Condom In My Vagina

True Story: My Gynecologist Found A Used Condom In My Vagina

I met up with Mark* on Friday night, eager to kiss my long workweek goodbye and roll into the weekend, drink in hand. We’d only been seeing each other a short time and hadn’t slept together yet, but if our chemistry over the last few of weeks was any indication of what was to come, we’d be doing the dirty sooner than later.

That night, we hopped around to some well-known bars in the area, having a beer here and a cocktail there. When night turned into morning, we headed back to his place and it didn’t take long before there was a trail of clothes from the front door to the bedroom. We made out for a while and were both aching to finally get it on. After about fifteen minutes of giving it a really good college try, it was pretty apparent that sex was not going to happen— at least not successfully. Mark would get hard, he’d strap on a condom and we’d try to get it in, but moments later he was limp as a wet noodle. Whiskey dick strikes again. We laughed it off and called it a night just as I was about to fall off the bed (I was pretty tipsy myself), but I vowed to try again in the morning when everything was back in working order. Keep reading »

Woman Uses Potato As A Contraceptive, It Grows Roots Inside Her Vagina Instead

Listen, I’m totally supportive of a DIY lifestyle. You wanna make your own makeup and cleaning products from scratch? By all means! Got 30 new uses for old timey mason jars? Tell me all about it! But for the love of god, don’t DIY your contraception, especially with root vegetables pulled from your garden. It’s a bad idea. Case in point: according to Colombia Reports, a 22-year-old woman, on the recommendation of her mother, stuck a potato in her vagina for two weeks in the hopes that it would prevent pregnancy. Instead, the potato grew roots, causing severe abdominal pain. The woman was hospitalized, the potato was surgically removed and she’s expected to be fine, but what isn’t so fine is the fact that Colombia’s youth population has been dissuaded from using real contraception. Keep reading »

New Hampshire Candidate Scott Brown Thinks No One Cares About Birth Control

  • New Hampshire Senate candidate Scott Brown thinks that no one cares about birth control or equal pay, of course. [Huffington Post]
  • Tennessee has a new law that treats narcotics addiction during pregnancy as child assault, which is keeping women from getting effective treatment for narcotics addiction. [Salon] Keep reading »

CVS, Walgreens Illegally Charged Women For Birth Control

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  • CVS and Walgreens are under fire for illegally charging 11,000 women a co-pay for their birth control prescriptions at their pharmacies. Under the Affordable Care Act, forms of preventative care — including generic contraception — does not require a co-pay. Thousands of women are now going to be reimbursed. [SalonRH Reality Check]
  • “The Simpsons”/”Family Guy” crossover episode had a rape joke in it. [The Mary Sue]
  • Marlene Pinnock, the 51-year-old Black woman who was repeatedly punched by a California Highway Patrol officer in July, is receiving a $1.5 million settlement. The officer who beat her has been forced to resign. [The Grio] Keep reading »

Engender Health Looks At Contraceptives Throughout History

Beaver nuts + Moonshine = Birth control cocktail? (Nope.)

The next time anyone tells you that contraceptives aren’t “natural,” ask them how exactly they aren’t natural. Sure, it interferes with a natural bodily process, but then there’s the fact that women have been making contraceptives for all of documented history, as this Engender Health video demonstrates.

So what’s more important — the fact that women’s bodies are naturally capable of bearing children, or the fact that human psychology has always naturally bent women toward wanting to choose when and if we have children? It’s only in the last hundred years that our technology has enabled us to fulfill a dream we’ve had for over five thousand years: Some people would call that progress. [Huffington Post]

Planned Parenthood Opens “Virtual” Clinics In Minnesota & Washington State

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  • Planned Parenthood is now offering online services in Minnesota and Washington State, in which patients can receive STD counseling or get a prescription for birth control through a video portal or an app. Another service that will soon be available will be mail-order treatment kids for STDs. Take that, assholes closing reproductive health clinics! [The Mary Sue, Star Tribune]
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